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Posted - 17 Sep 2010 :  19:37:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just spotted on my Stratos Keel that the 5mm bolt which runs across the bracket at the top of the keel, and to which the keel uphaul block & tackle assembly is attached, was bent way out of shape. Could have been embarrassing if it has sheered with the keel down... It was a real job to get it off. I have now replaced it with a 6mm bolt and hope for the best. Any other keel owners had a similar problem? Might be worth checking.


Ian S

United Kingdom
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Posted - 20 Aug 2013 :  20:14:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I Have also replaced mine with a 6mm ... Started off with a spare 6mm pin & split ring, then realised (crunch) it would not go into the keel slot like this, !! SO replaced again with a stainless 6mm bolt from ... Tightened up, and then ground off the excess bolt and about half the nut with an angle grinder - probably welded bolt to nut in the process!! This works well, and doesnt bend, or leave anything proud at either end. Have also swapped the 8mm lifting line which I inherited with the boat for a 6mm, as the 8mm was making the lifting & dropping far too difficult. Next job is a spinlock swivel for the kite uphaul, and potentially trapeze wires...!!

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Posted - 05 Jul 2015 :  11:31:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ian, could you let me know if replacing rope helped as i have major problems with moving the keel up or down!
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